Saturday, 30 May 2009
03:50:19 AM (GMT)
I don't know what to say about this, except that I wrote it a few years ago.
That's my disclaimer. Anyway, welcome to a story I STILL haven't finished, and really
don't plan on finishing: "I Specialize in Wounded Hearts."
“I went to India!”
“That must’ve sucked.”
“Nuh uh. My grandma’s house had plenty of servants.”
“It did! And it was four floors, and air conditioned, and everything!”
“And I don’t believe you!”
“That’s because you refuse to believe people can be rich in India, jerk.”
“Yeah, well I went to England. They’ve got actual rich people there.”
“Oh, come on. You probably stayed in a flat, anyway!”
Classroom 163, part of the Northern section of Myldrid High School, was currently
brimming with the usual back-to-school nonsense. Teachers assigning students to share
the events that occurred in the past two months, and none of the classmates wanting
“Do you suppose this ends sometime soon?” Anna sighed, whispering the question in
the direction of her best friend.
“Probably not…” Airin whispered back.
For as long as either of the two could rack their minds to remember, their mothers
had been sending them over to each other’s houses for play dates.
“At least I know what I’ll be listening to for the next five class periods…”
Anna’s shoulders moved in a shrug.
“Yeah,” Airin nodded. “Oh, and are you coming with me to the gym afterschool?
I’m signing up for the football team again this year.”
“Ugh. That jock-fest?” Anna was cut short by the sound of Airin’s wince.
Jock - (noun) A self-absorbed, ignorant teen, whose life revolves around sports,
and whose brain cell dies alone.
“I didn’t mean it. I swear, Airin.” The almond-haired teen’s apology was
quick to arrive.
“It’s okay, really.” Airin forced a smile. “It wasn’t aimed at me. You’re
probably in a lover’s quarrel with Eric, is all.”
Eric - (noun) Two inches shorter than Airin, two inches taller than Anna. Fellow
member of the football team, but a junior, as opposed to Anna and Airin’s
comfortable (though boring) position as sophomores.
“Uhm… Sure. One of those.” Anna took a sudden interest in the pattern on the
Airin would have pried, had it not been for a knock on the door.
“Come in.” Mr. Craylin welcomed the assistant principal, Mr. Kerekes. Health
class was being interrupted.
“Yes, well. This young lady here,” he patted the shoulder of another sophomore,
“has been moved into this class. I trust she will feel welcome.”
There was a slight warning in the tone of voice, one that no one but Mr. Craylin and
the newcomer quite caught, as well as understood.
“Of course.” Mr. Craylin smiled, waving an arm across the room. “Feel free to
take a seat.”
The girl took hurried steps towards the back of the room, sitting as far away from
the teacher as possible.
“That was…odd.” Airin mumbled as the class regained decibels.
“Very.” Anna glanced from Craylin to the new girl. “It looks like they’ve
Surely enough, Mr. Craylin sat at his desk, sorting through names and glancing at the
faraway desk as often as he could. The desk’s occupant was looking anywhere but
back at him. She favored the window, if anything.
“Aren’t you going to introduce everyone?” A voice in the back called out. Mark,
age fifteen. AV geek, and most likely looking to see if the new girl didn’t know
how the rules of high school reputations worked.
“If by everyone, you mean Autumn Thomas, then yes. Autumn, meet your health class.
Health class, meet Autumn.” Mr. Craylin’s eyes never left Autumn, and Autumn’s
eyes never strayed from her desk.
“Hi there.” The girl stared down still, raising three fingers along with the
corners of her mouth in a small, weak greeting. The girl’s obsidian hair hid
sterling eyes as they avoided looking at anyone.
Anna and Airin only had to turn and glance at each other, then face the front of the
“Let’s invite her over sometime, Airin.”
“You got it.”
They took an interest in helping new kids get by. Alex Schmidt, for example, had been
one of the most ordinary newcomers the school had ever seen. A tip on looking ahead
instead of down, and a spot on the soccer team, and he was suddenly adored by others.
Party at his house. The rare times he got to talk to Anna or Airin, he greeted them
with a huge smile. Although he couldn’t be a best friend to them anymore, the two
wouldn’t have it any other way. High school fame would never get to Alex’s head.
“So I’ll see you around seven thirty?” Eric’s sickeningly sweet voice was
coaxing Claire into a date.
“Of course, cutie!” The prep’s shrill voice replied. Across the hall, Anna was
opening her locker, getting books for the next class.
“Anna, is your boyfriend asking out another girl?” Airin’s face appeared as
Anna closed her locker door.
“I don’t have one of those. Why do you ask?” The calm tone of Anna’s voice
smoothed out of her vocal chords. She was acting stoic. And well.
“Haven’t you and Eric been dating for a while now?”
“What do you mean, ‘had been’?” Airin raised an eyebrow at the past tense.
“I mean, he wasn’t getting any, so I caught him with that thing.” A finger
pointed at Claire’s heavily adorned frame.
“Airin, before your temper gets the best of you,” Anna placed a hand on Airin’s
shoulder in an attempt to calm him, “I already broke up with him. He can ask out
whoever he wants.”
“Yeah, but he still—“
“Remember the time that we were in the park, and some random kid stole my lollipop?
We were, what, six years old?”
“Yeah. I kicked him in the shin so hard he gave it back and went crying to his
mom.” The six foot tall brunette boy currently looked proud.
“You remember what happened afterwards?”
“I remember getting a hug and you being happy.”
“Really? ‘Cause I also remember you getting yelled at by your mom.” Anna
couldn't help but laugh.
“But mommy!” That mean guy stole Annie’s lollipop!” A six-year-old Airin
pouted, stomping his foot.
“Honey, we don’t kick people.” A mother scolded half-heartedly. In all honesty,
the woman would have done the same, despite her age. Airin had never actually stood
aside and watched Anna be unhappy, either. Nevertheless, manners are manners. “You
have to apologize.”
“Well, I still remember getting a hug.” Airin crossed his arms. “Besides, I’m
not gonna kick Eric in the shins.”
“If you’re not gonna hurt him, what do you plan on doing?”
“I never said I wouldn’t hurt him. Just no shins.” Anna sighed at the
“Can I just give you your hug now, and you can promise me you won’t go around
At this, Airin opened his arms. Anna’s hugging part of the deal was done.
“I never promised anything.” Airin smiled into Anna’s hair. She only shook her
head and sighed, smiling.
“It figures.” She laughed. “You never did say sorry to the poor kid… Now walk
me to class, mister.”
“Why do you think I came over here in the first place?”
“…Because your locker’s here?”
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